Montessori Reading Games Workbook

Imagine the power of Montessori Reading techniques combined with an easy-to-use workbook

Introducing Montessori beginning reading in a whole new way...

"I Spy" games to learn letter sounds, sandpaper letters, miniature objects, the movable alphabet, and lots and lots of games tailored to make learning to read so much fun AND easy on Mom... 

...all combined in a single, affordable workbook!


But this isn't an ordinary workbook. In fact, you may be hesitant to categorize it as a workbook. 

The lessons literally jump out of the pages as you guide your child through learning 26 letter sounds of the alphabet. 

  • The sandpaper letters are made tactile (by you and your child) with sand or glitter. 
  • Your movable alphabet collection grows with each letter sound your child learns. 
  • You can use miniature objects, household objects (a list of ideas is provided for you), or the picture cards provided in the Appendix! 

The games aren't done on paper, either.

Your child will get to move and groove while playing "Go-Fish," "BINGO," Four Corners, Treasure Hunt in a sensory bin, Scavenger Hunt with clues, Swat the Sound, Hopscotch, and Roll, Spot, and Cover with provided game dice cubes! 

Check out some activities included within the pages of the workbook: 

There are a total of 6 units, covering 4-6 letter sounds each. 

Each unit contains 14-18 lessons and an optional assessment. The structure of each unit repeats, helping your child gain confidence in independent, self-directed work! 

The "Unit Overview" Page

Each unit starts with an introduction to the new grouping of letter sounds. There is a pronunciation guide, indicating which sound will be used in this program. This chart is fun, and you can even have your child color in the letter outlines and animals as she masters each sound throughout the unit. 

There is a handwriting guide which will give you the language for properly guiding your child's strokes as she traces the sandpaper letters and writes on paper when she is ready. 

Montessori "I Spy" Game - On Paper! 

Traditionally, the "I Spy" game is played in Montessori settings with miniature objects or with objects in the environment. 

In this workbook, the game is moved on paper with fun prompts, like "color the car red" and "draw a box around the crackers." 

Want a shelf activity here? Just remove the page from the workbook, add the proper colors of crayons, and place the sheet and crayons on a tray on the language shelf. I like using clipboards for shelf work, too. 

"I Spy" - Combined

Again, the Montessori "I Spy" game has been moved to paper, but here in a little different format. 

Two sounds are mixed on one page. The child is prompted to color all of the items that begin with one sound in a single color (blue for /c/, for example.) The child is then prompted to color the other sounds in a different color (gray for /d/.) This is all before ever introducing the shape and form of the letter itself! 

Sound Sorting with Real (or cut-out) Objects

Now those fingers and hands need to move. The child is prompted to sort real items that parents can choose from a list of suggested household items, from a purchased collection of miniature objects, or from the provided cards in the Appendix. 

Make Your Own Sandpaper Letters! 

Using simple craft items - glue and craft sand or glitter, or glitter glue, you will be prompted to make tactile letters for each letter of the alphabet. Don't worry about doing this all at once, though! You just make the letters you need as you need them.

Store them in a sandwich bag (or in a way more creative way, if you wish) alongside your workbook! 

"BINGO" and Go-Fish

These timeless treasures fill us with childhood joy, right alongside our kids! Simple games invoke confidence, mastery, and much-needed review without drilling, quizzing, or (stressful) "teaching" shenanigans. 

There is no need to prep anything ahead of time, either! When you open up to this page in your Workbook to do the lesson, just cut apart the cards, place them facedown in a pile, and play! You could cut out the BINGO cards, too, if you really want to. 

When it's time to move on to the next lesson, consider saving the color-coded cards from each sound group in a single sandwich bag alongside your workbook. Then you can add other sound groups to your "Go-Fish" game for review. How fun and easy is that? 

Beginning-Middle-and Ending Sound Practice Board GAME

This is the time we add in middle and ending sounds! Using the sounds that your child has learned up until this point in the Workbook, your child will play a fun board game with customized game cards! 

This game includes spinner wheels (use a paperclip or one of these game spinners) to make the play even more exciting! 

Grow your deck of cards with each new unit! 

Picture Card Sorting with Lots of Game Extensions

Here is where the playing gets really intense. This is my children's favorite part of each unit, because they never know how we are going to play with the cards! 

Bury the cards in a themed sensory bin and invite your child to go on a treasure hunt for the cards then match them! 

Hide the cards around the house, attach the provided clues and send your child on a scavenger hunt, with a checklist and mini clipboard! 

Turn back time and play a fun version of Four Corners! 

Use the provided dice, a selection of four cards, and some counters and play Roll, Spot, and Cover! 

Get the wiggles out with a fly swatter and some tape as you play Swat the Sound! 

Burn some energy with a fun letter-sound-learning version of hopscotch! 

Repeat these games as often as you want, but each unit suggests a different game. 

Sound Books and {Optional} Handwriting Practice

As your child learns new sounds, she can make keepsakes of each letter with the color-coded sound books. She can use these for review or refer to them if she forgets a sound. It's amazing how early you can give your child resources to complete tasks independently! 

The back side of each letter page contains a handwriting strip. If your child is at that stage, she can use a pencil to practice writing each letter. You could also laminate these pages, cover them in Con-Tact paper, or use clear tape over the writing strips and use a dry erase marker. 

Clip Cards - Shelf or Workbook Activity!

By this lesson, your child has mastered differentiating each sound in the group by hearingtouch, and sight. She has played I Spy, object sorting, BINGO, Go-Fish, My Letter Sound Adventure, picture sorting, a fun picture sorting game, created her own sound books, AND practiced handwriting! Phew... 

Now, she gets to try her hand at a mastery exercise. 

You can keep these clip cards in the workbook and have your child circle (or place a counter on top of) the correct picture. Or you can cut them out, stick them in a basket with clips, and pop the basket on your learning shelf! 

There is a control of error on the back of each card, so your child can check her own work! (This is always so fun to watch them grow in independence!) 

Writing Before Reading with the Movable Alphabet

Children are developmentally ready to write words before their hands can actually write words. That is why we use a movable alphabet with this Montessori workbook! 

Children sound out words, choosing the appropriate letter sound, one segment at a time. They write! 

Their collection of known letter sounds builds throughout the pages of the workbook, so they can only choose from sounds they have learned, avoiding unnecessary errors! 

The Movable Alphabet Organizer

In the Appendix, you will find a Movable Alphabet Organizer. I suggest removing this from the workbook and attaching the pages to a manila file folder, as shown in the image below. You will want to glue strips of paper to hold the letters in place (directions are in the workbook!) You can keep this alongside your workbook without adding any bulk to your homeschool space! 

The organizer is slender, portable, and convenient! 

Optional Assessment for Each Unit

If you want to assess your child's progress, you can choose to complete these optional Assessments found at the end of each unit! 

Your child will need to look at a sandpaper letter and say the sound, match a picture to its beginning letter sound, and use the movable alphabet to build words. 

This helps you know which letters you may need to include in your upcoming games for further review! You can even choose to play extra review games with some letters with which your child may need more practice. Use them or don't use them, but they are there for you! 

Keep Track of Progress Using the Table of Contents

As your child progresses through the Montessori Reading Games Workbookyou can use the Table of Contents to mark lessons as presented, attempted, and mastered! There are instructions in the workbook for how to do this, and each lesson has a checkbox. 

Learning doesn't stop here! 

Keep on the lookout for the next books in this series: 

  • Montessori Reading Games, Level 2 (digraphs and blends)
  • Montessori Pink Series Reading Workbook (this is already released!) 
  • Montessori Blue Series Reading Workbook
  • Montessori Green Series Reading Workbook
  • Montessori Grammar Workbook